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In this online unit you will learn about a range of contemporary approaches to stress management which can be applied by individuals. As a foundation, you will learn about: the concept of stress as it is understood within the biopsychosocial model of health; the impacts of stress on the brain and body; and how stress affects people’s general health and wellbeing. Then you will explore the theory and practice of stress management approaches within a self-care content. Approaches include mindfulness and meditation, positive psychology (e.g., gratitude, flow), biobehavioural approaches (e.g., exercise, nutrition, sleep), and creativity. You will also investigate the role of technology on both sides of the stress equation (technology as a stressor and as a coping/self-care tool). Finally, you will consider what motivates people and the meanings people ascribe to their lives, and how these relate to psychological wellbeing. Throughout the unit, there is a focus on learning to adopt healthy thoughts and behaviours as part of a self-care approach and employing the scientist-practitioner model to critically evaluate claims made about stress management. In each weekly online module, content is presented via text, images, videos, and audio recordings. Readings will focus on research findings which provide an evidence base for the approaches discussed in the unit. In practical activities, you will apply the stress management techniques discussed in the unit content, and reflect on your experience.

Summary 2020

Unit name Stress, Self-Care and Mindfulness
Unit code PSY114
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology

Kate Talsma

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

Anti-requisite (mutually exclusive): CXA006


Teaching Pattern

Each week: 1 x 2 hour lecture; 1 x 2 hour tutorial

  • Online Quizzes: 20% (10 x 2%)
  • Discussion board posts applying stress management strategies: 30% (10 x 3%)
  • Contribution to the online learning environment: 5%
  • Presentation: 45%
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